The family of the late Isanga Charles in Jinja district has commended President Yoweri Museveni for ordering Resident District Commissioner, Eric Sakwa to step aside for two months to allow smooth investigation into his manslaughter charges.
The accused has maintained that he was not on the scene when the deceased was being beaten by local vigilantes including Bazimbyewa Bumali alias Chris Umar Dindodi, a mechanic and Mohammed Simba alias Meddie, a businessman in Jinja.
Museveni in a letter to Minister of Presidency, Esther Mbayo’s on May 6 2020, said the prosecution is alleging that Sakwa was present when Isanga was brutally handled and later died of injuries.
“Mr. Sakwa is accused of being present when a mwanainchi was being beaten by LDUs and that the mwanainchi later died, etc,” said Museveni.
Mbayo had earlier written to the appointing authority asking how to handle Sakwa’s interdiction since the latter remained in his office and maintained there was no legal ground for him to leave office.
Mr. John Tidhomu, the father to the deceased said the President took the right decision to ask Sakwa to leave office since his continuation to hold power was bound to interfere with the investigation.
“I thank the President so deeply to have issued a statement regarding the RDC who was involved in the killing of my son Isanga Charles. I know he felt the same sorrow we went through,” said Tidhomu.
He appealed to the Head of State to find time and reach the family to visit the site and hear from them.
“I appeal to the President to organize and come to get proof that the RDC was part of the incident which resulted to the killing of my son,” added Tidhomu.
The family members of the late in Lwanda Village, Jinja district last week accused Sakwa of hiring youths to impersonate them and declare to have forgiven the RDC.
They called on the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola to arrest the youths and also appealed to the President and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to take interest into the matter to ensure justice prevails.
The area LCIII Chairman of Mafubira sub-county, Hamis Kiganira Nagaya accused politicians from Jinja including Butembe County’s Nelson Lufafa of scheming to politicize the matter.
Mr Sakwa, who is also facing other charges of robbery and malicious damage to property, was on April 29 2020 granted bail by Jinja Chief Magistrate, Jessica Chemeri.
Prosecution alleges that Sakwa and the co-accused between March 22 and April 17 this year at Lwanda Village in Jinja District unlawfully caused the death of Charles Isanga.